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NJSBA Board of Trustees Endorse Voluntary Pro Bono with Updated Mission Statement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-The NJ State Bar Association Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the association’s Mission Statement that endorses participation in voluntary pro bono activities by New Jersey attorneys. The third line of the Mission Statement will now read, “To promote access to the justice system, fairness in its administration and encourage participation in voluntary pro bono activities.” (New information is underlined.) Pro bono activities are generally defined as involving or doing legal work donated especially for the public good.

“By amending the Mission Statement,” said NJSBA President Lynn Fontaine Newsome, “the NJSBA is offering a strong declaration to its members, New Jersey government, the press and the public that we value and encourage voluntary pro bono.”

The Board adopted the amendment at its monthly meeting on December 7. This is the first change to the Mission Statement since its adoption in 1992.

The recommendation to amend the Mission Statement was made by the NJSBA Pro Bono Committee which is guided by the charge “promotes voluntary pro bono activity and develops uniform policy on pro bono assignments.” The committee has undertaken various efforts to raise the consciousness of the NJSBA, its members and the bar as a whole regarding the importance of voluntary pro bono.

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